Ron Darling Wouldn't Bring Mickey Callaway Back, Thinks Mets Will Anyway

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By WFAN Sports Radio 101.9 FM/66AM New York

It’s just about decision time for the Mets with Mickey Callaway.

Brodie Van Wagenen, the Wilpons and all the other higher-ups have to either fire Callaway or commit to another year of him as manager. Callaway’s Mets turned things around in a major way in the latter half of the season, but they still fell short of the playoffs for the second consecutive year.

Former Met Ron Darling joined Mike Francesa on WFAN on Wednesday to talk about everything happening in the world of baseball as the playoffs get underway. Darling, who is calling playoff games on TBS, doesn’t think the Mets should bring Callaway back, but he guesses that they will anyway.

“I would not bring Mickey back,” said Darling. “I think that some of the decision making is lacking. Do I think he will be back? Yes … What happens I think for a lot of these teams is that they hire these guys that don’t have a lot of experience, and then they’re critical of them when they don’t make the right moves. Experience is everything when it comes to managing, not only a ballclub, but a bullpen and all that kind of stuff.”  

Callaway’s decision making has been criticized throughout his two seasons with the Mets. It’s true that the team’s bullpen was woeful this year, but those poor relief performances weren’t helped by some questionable choices made the manager.

According to a report from SNY’s Andy Martino, the Mets are expected to announced their choice on Callaway’s future on Wednesday or Thursday.

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Darling thinks that the way Callaway got the group to play over the second half of the season will be enough to earn him another year on the job.

“He has an abundance of a team that played well for him, young guys that love him, a team that played hard for him, all that kind of stuff. So that’s all positives for him. So, I think he is going to be back because of that.”

Darling, who was one of the Mets’ heroes of 1986, also doesn’t think the team should bring back Edwin Diaz after his nightmare season.

“Certain players, they get in this town, and this town is just not for them … if they can somehow find a way to get something for him, I would do it.”

Click on the audio player above to listen to Mike Francesa's full interview with Ron Darling.